Blogs

Read our latest blogs and letters to the editor.

From crucial advice to help you through the coronavirus pandemic to planning your time in retirement.  Informative and light hearted reading to guide you through your later years.

  • Planning ahead – making a Will
    Making a Will is something everyone should do, but even as we get older many of us shy away from doing so. Here we look at the reasons why you should make a will and how to go about it. Why do we shy away from making a will? Is …more
  • Avoiding loneliness this Christmas
    Many people experience a greater sense of loneliness at Christmas so here we bring you some ideas to help you survive during our most important festival. According to Age UK almost a million older people say they feel lonelier at …more
  • Blog: Strength training for women after 50
    Before the year 2000, when a woman went to the gym, she would gravitate to the cardio room either with a friend or by herself.  The treadmill, bike, or steppers were taken up mostly by women. The free-weight area of the gym was …more
  • Staying safe on your bike
    Safety is very important when riding a bike, and there are some easy safety measures you can take to protect yourself. Wear a cycling helmet. Falling from a bike or being knocked off in an accident can cause head injuries, so a …more
  • Hindsight and Foresight!
    Here is our latest blog from Forum Chair, Malcolm Kielty MBE on the abundance of hindsight and the scarcity of foresight! Isn’t hindsight a wonderful attribute?  Right now, everyone has hindsight.  Media commentators, experts, …more
  • How to choose and buy a bike
    Bike use during the coronavirus lockdown has surged, with many of us going back to two wheels.  But how do you choose the right bike for you, with so many types now on the market. The British Government has encouraged people to …more
  • Mum and daughter blog: Living the lockdown together
    Mum Blog: Living the lockdown with my teenage daughter! When I look back to Christmas, our thoughts and plans for the future, it feels like we are living in some weird dystopian novel.  Increasingly worried about the environment, …more
  • BLOG: Dandelions or daffodils – the choice is yours!
    Forum Chair Malcolm Kielty compares the challenge of beating the coronavirus with a gardener’s travails with weeding out the humble dandelion. Some folk just don’t get it do they?  Keep consistent with social isolation and …more
  • BLOG: Surviving the enforced lockdown!
    Read our latest blog from Forum trustee Michael Riley on how he is dealing with the enforced lockdown! 13 April 2020 So as one of a group of people which it appears will be locked down for 12 weeks, and this is only week three …more
  • BLOG: Why do we say such peculiar things?
    Why do we say and do such peculiar things? At a time of national crisis, when every news headline is about the coronavirus, here are some light-hearted reflections, from a reader, on the strange things we say and do.  We hope …more
  • INFO: 25 FREE things to keep you entertained while in self-isolation
    By now, many of us will have been self-isolating at home for weeks, shielding ourselves from the coronavirus outbreak in the UK. Right now, more than ever, we need things to keep us busy and entertained at home. Happily, through …more
  • ADVICE: Mental Heath – Comprehensive Advice
    Guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing during the crisis Public Health England has published a really useful guide for the public on looking after their mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak. …more
  • Letters to the Editor – Riding on Electric Avenue
    Phil has noticed a quiet revolution that’s starting to get a hold in Calderdale! Just a few quick thoughts on a quiet revolution that has been happening under our noses in the last couple of years. Cycling has always been a …more
  • Letters to the Editor: Mike Tunes Up For Old Age
    Mike has found a new pastime and he’s enjoying it! As we get older and then retire it becomes a problem as to what we might fill our spare time with? I had been involved as a volunteer at our local rugby club but as I got …more
  • Letters to the Editor – Malc’s New Tri-focal Glasses
    Malcolm’s got a new pair of glasses and he’s not sure he likes what he’s seeing! So now it’s official! I’ve got the certificate from Specsavers to prove it and the bifocals to show I that I’ve been driving …more
  • Letters to the Editor: The Joys of Reaching 80
    Michael chooses to count his blessings as a significant birthday comes and goes! There are benefits in getting older – and especially on reaching 80! I had not realised this until two official letters fell through my …more
  • Letters to the Editor: New Year, Old Problems
    Tony’s New Year resolutions are influenced by the realities of growing old and yet tinged with unexpected optimism. Funny isn’t it how procrastination can fill so much time? It’s been 25 years since my wife and I plunged …more
  • Letters to the Editor: Is It Story Time?
    Mike muses on the way our personal histories can be so easily lost and suggests a solution I read recently in the paper that someone had suggested that all grandparents give their grandchildren a piece of paper and a pen/pencil …more
  • Letters to the Editor: Have you got a plan?
    Malcolm muses on the dangers of not planning ahead as you get older…..and then blaming everyone else when it all goes wrong! My dad used to sit in front of the telly and say “I can’t be doing with all this dot com …more
  • Letters to the Editor: Minor Ailments, Major Problems
    Mike looks back at a tricky search for treatment for, what on the face of it, seemed like a minor ailment.  It all began in January 2019 . . My wife was feeling as if she had a blockage in her ears and was finding it increasingly …more

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